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Surviving the Chicago Winters

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I have a love-hate relationship with the weather in Chicago from Jan-March. It’s so so cold, which makes me not want to ever go outside. Part of me loves being super lazy and enjoying more down time, but after a while I start to get major cabin fever. Below are a few of our tips for staying warm in Chibera.

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Matching Leggings

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A little late posting these pictures, but I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of things after the holiday season. Also, Kennedy got her first cold, so we’ve been taking it pretty easy over here. Even though we already took our tree down, we’ll definitely be wearing these leggings all winter long. They are from one of my favorite Etsy shops, Hello Ellie. They have the CUTEST prints and these leggings are super soft! I love that they offer a few different patterns in mommy & me styles (makes it easy to match ;)). Below are some links to the outfit details.ย Hope everyone had a great New Year!

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Christmas Time in the City

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I’m so excited Christmas vacation officially starts today and I wanted to share some photos we took last weekend walking around the city. I love seeing the gorgeous townhomes all decoratedย  for the holidays. All the lights and decorations throughout the city make the Chicago winters semi-tolerable. I can’t wait to spend some quality time with my family and see Kennedy open presents this weekend! Wishing you all a very merry Christmas surrounded by the ones you love most!

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Favorite Coat

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I’m really hoping for a white Christmas, but actually haven’t minded the “warmer” weather we’ve had the last few days. This coat is definitely one of my favorites and I wear it year round. It’s super simple, but can also dress-up your look. Unfortunately my coat is out of stock, so I posted some similar options below and shared a matching one for your mini.

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O Christmas Tree

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We went and got our Christmas tree on Sunday! Growing up, my family always had real trees, I’ve never had a fake one. It’s a nice family tradition to go pick out a tree every year, and I feel like candles just can’t compare to the smell of a fresh tree. People always ask us where do you even get trees in the city, but there are actually a bunch of parking lots they turn into “tree farms” or there are websites you can get them delivered. Last year we actually got our tree from Whole Foods and this year we went to the lot right by the Hard Rock Cafe on Clark/Ontario. They had a big selection and a variety of sizes. I love the tree we picked out.
Kennedy and I wore our matching beanies again and I can’t get over how cute her little Ugg boots are with the bows in the back. For winters in Chicago, Hunter Boots are a must for me. I remember the 2nd time Russell and I visited Chicago, it was a freezing March weekend and the streets were so slushy that I ruined the winter boots I had on. My feet were totally soaked so we went in Nordstrom and that is when I got my first pair of Hunters. These fleece liners keep your feet so warm and I’ll never walk through the city when it’s snowing out in anything else. Below are our outfit details and link.

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Cozy in Camel

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TGIF and happy December! I’m super excited to do so many holiday traditions with Kennedy this month. I actually bought Kennedy this coat when I was pregnant with her last fall and I couldn’t wait for her to grow into it (they restocked it for this year here). Below I’m sharing some other matching coat options that are perfect for winter.

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Cold Weather Accessories

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I still can’t believe Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is less than a month away now! There’s so many fun holiday things around the city that I’m excited to do with Kennedy this year. Going to get hot cocoa at the Christkindlmarket, taking her to see Santa, and the Lincoln Park zoo lights are at the top of the list. After living in the city a few years now, I know that a warm hat and gloves are a must, especially walking around in the evenings after the sun goes down. I’ve been on the hunt for some matching beanies for Kennedy and I. These hats from Amazon are so cute and I couldn’t believe how inexpensive the set is! I featured some pictures of us in the black ones, but also may have ordered them in a few other colors because I liked them so much ๐Ÿ™‚
Below I put together some of our other favorite matching options from various sites.

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Sweater Weather

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Even though, I feel like we barely had a fall here in Chicago, one day last week when it wasn’t super cold I took Kennedy to the park. All the colors on the tress were so pretty. Kennedy had so much fun watching the squirrels (which she called doggies, lol). She was obsessed with playing in the leaves, she would just contunuiously pick them up then throw then down. When it was time to go, she cried because she didn’t want to stop playing in the leaves.
I can’t get enough of oversized sweaters right now. Both of our sweaters here are from last winter, but below I linked some similar ones and listed a bunch of our favorites!

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Pumpkin Patch

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Happy Halloween! Quick post with some photos from our pumpkin patch visits this month. We stopped at the stand on Clark/Ontario in the city and then also made a trip out to the suburbs to Sunny Acre Farms. I was really impressed with Sunny Acre Farms. There is so much to do for kids – food stands, rides, games, petting zoo, hay rides, gift shops, and more. They also do a whole Christmas market/tree farm in December and I think we might go to that this winter because I can’t believe how nice they had it setup for Halloween.ย Kennedy just woke up from a nap so that’s why she is zoning out in some of these photos. haha! She was so obsessed with playing with leaves though, that’s all she wanted to do. Russ carved Kennedy’s first pumpkin for her and I attempted to roast the seeds, but actually got them a little too crispy. We dressed Kennedy and the dogs up in their Lion costumes on Saturday (check out my insta for pics) and went to the little Halloween festival at a park down the street, but it freezing so we didn’t stay long. Overall it was a fun weekend, especially because OSU won and our ‘Nittany Lion tamer’ costumers were worth it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Blush Pink

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I know I said I was ready for cooler temperatures, but wow did it get cold in the city fast! I’m definitely ready for layering sweaters, but I wasn’t prepared to have to bust my winter coat and uggs out yesterday. When I saw this light pink vest in Zara for Kennedy, there was no way I could pass it up. I think I say that about something every time we go in Zara, but they seriously have the cutest stuff for babies! The last few winters I’ve been buying a ton of sweaters from H&M. They aren’t super expensive and I like that a lot of them are already oversized so you don’t usually have to size up. I also got this sweater in gray because I loved it so much.

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